Gardening gloves at the ready in Fareham!

Phone lines open on Wednesday 17 May at 11am.  Please call 07841 562892 to book.  

Don't forget to look at the size of the challenge indicated by looking at the key at the bottom. Plus, if available, click the photo link for your challenge to view your potential project. 

119  Mayfield Marvels

Challenge group size: S

Mayfield Nurseries

What's the challenge?

Mayfield Nurseries is a horticultural subsidary of Solent Mind, working with people enduring mental health problems, people with disabilities and older people with dementia.

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Zurich has supported Mayfield Nurseries for several years, there is always something to be done from moving soil to repotting plants. If you are an individual or a small team of up to 4 people, this is the perfect opportunity for you to get involved in Challenge 2017. This challenge can be booked several times.

120  Lots of fun at the YMCA!

Challenge group size: F

YMCA Fairthorne Group

What's the challenge?

YMCA Fairthorne Group is a registered charity who are proud to be part of the longest-running youth charity in the world.

Their mission is to champion and add value to young lives by providing experiences that challenge, enable and develop the individual.

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YMCA Fairthorne Group is situated on a site of 111 acres. There is always something to be done such as creating pathways to enable better access for disabled members. In return for a morning's hard graft, you will be rewarded with an afternoon of team building as a thank you. Are you brave enough to climb the high ropes or can you work as a team to build a raft? 

 

 

 

121  Garden Angels

Challenge group size: M

Revitalise

What's the challenge?

Revitalise provides life-changing respite holidays with 24 hour care for disabled people and their carers

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A real asset of Netley Waterside House is the beautiful garden which stretches from the centre to the waterfront, and is fully accessible to all guests who spend time there. They would like to welcome up to 12 Zurich volunteers to roll up their sleeves and help with key tasks in the garden for a day; such as clearing leaves, tidying pathways and painting benches. Photos >

 

 

122  Ronald's Rooftop Garden

Challenge group size: M

Ronald McDonald House

What's the challenge?

Ronald McDonald House is situated within the grounds of Southampton General Hospital. They provide free ‘home away from home’ accommodation, enabling families to stay close to their child and maintain a degree of normal family life.

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Attached to their third floor kitchen is a small, south facing rooftop garden area which has grass planted in border areas, a patio and a synthetic grassed area. They are looking for a group of around 10 people to come and help brighten up the garden and get it ready for a family BBQ for around 50 people. This event took place last year thanks to a fabulous team from Zurich, so it would be great to offer it again.

123  What are the Chances?

Challenge group size: F

Second Chance

What's the challenge?

Second Chance is a children's charity working in Portsmouth and the surrounding areas. The children they work with may have been abused sexually, physically or mentally. They may come from a poverty-stricken background or have learning difficulties. Some may have all three situations thrust upon them at the same time.

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They own approximately 40 acres of nature reserve which they use to work with the children, teaching them skills and taking part in leisure activities such as fishing. They are looking for a team to get stuck in with the following: gardening, construction of polytunnels, organising resources, prepping the shop area, weeding...the list goes on!

 

124  Maintaining Minstead

Challenge group size: F

Minstead Training Trust

What's the challenge?

Minstead Training Trust is a charity based in the heart of the New Forest supporting 100 young adults with learning disabilities. They provide day service opportunities, residential care and community support.

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Their Day Service is spread over two sites and includes an extended Victorian hunting lodge as well as 24 acres of land. They always require help in the grounds maintaining the gardens and pathways, clearing and collecting fallen fruit, fencing, repairing outbuildings, sorting and cleaning plant pots and making compost etc.

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125  They won't get board of this!

Challenge group size: S

The Rainbow Centre

What's the challenge?

The Rainbow Centre helps people from across the South with cerebral palsy, MS, Parkinson’s, stroke and head injury to live life to the full using Conductive Education. Conductive Education is a unique system of learning which is effective in training undamaged parts of the brain to take control of motor functions previously managed by the areas of the brain which no longer work.

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They challenge a team to create outdoor tactile boards for the garden. See examples here (http://bit.ly/2m1NT53) You would need to source all the materials and create the tactile boards. There is plenty of space, meaning you could create as many boards as you like, and in any size.

They would need to be suitable for children and as sensory as possible - so plenty to see, feel, touch and hear etc.

126  You know it makes sense

Challenge group size: M

Shepherds Down school

What's the challenge?

Shepherds Down school in Compton provides education and support for 113 children aged 4 - 11 years with complex learning needs.

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They challenge a team to maintain their newly created sensory garden. They need a group of volunteers that will weed, tidy, plant and sweep the area. It is 20m by 15m so contains a lot of plants and needs upkeep. As well as this they have hazel growing in the woodland which needs cutting backand then the branches taken away to their local, on site composting area. Photos >

127  Marcella Mind

Challenge group size: M

Solent Mind

What's the challenge?

Solent Mind is a registered charity providing a wide range of high quality services to support people with mental health problems across the Southern Region. They provide advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. They campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding.

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They challenge a team to refurbish the small garden area at their Marcella House Wellbeing Centre in Hythe. Although it was improved last year, there is still a lot of work to do to really make it a special place.

 

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128  Ruby, Ruby, Ruby, Ruby

Challenge group size: M

The QE2 Activity Centre

What's the challenge?

The QE2 Activity Centre based in the Manor Farm Country Park, Burseldon provides activity opportunities for children and adults with disabilities.

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2017 is their 40th anniversary. Over the past few years, staff from Zurich have helped with developing a recycling area and a picnic area.  They would like to continue the theme of improvement this year, looking at an area of their grounds which has been a little neglected. They would like to develop this as a sensory garden; an area equally to be used as a meeting place and a spot for quiet reflection. There are some features already in place, some that they are working on (like planting fruit trees) and others where there is scope for a mixture of putting their ideas in place and for coming up with some of your own.  

129  Can you dig it?

Challenge group size: M

Youth and Families Matter

What's the challenge?

Youth and Families Matter is a small project that works from the heart of the community to improve the health and wellbeing of children and families mpacted by disadvantage, mental illness, addiction or abuse.

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One way they help their clients is through their Community Allotment, a place where individuals can volunteer their time, receive 1:1 support, learn new skills and build valuable confidence - the allotment is about so much more than growing vegetables. They would love it if a team went along to a dig day. The dig day will be about making any possible improvements to the condition of the allotment that are achievable within the scope of the day. Photos >

130  Path of many colours

Challenge group size: S

The Rainbow Centre

What's the challenge?

The Rainbow Centre helps people from across the South with cerebral palsy, MS, Parkinson’s, stroke and head injury to live life to the full using Conductive Education. Conductive Education is a unique system of learning which is effective in training undamaged parts of the brain to take control of motor functions previously managed by the areas of the brain which no longer work.

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The Rainbow Centre has recently had the path redone in their Wild  to make the surface even and safer for our service users. They would love it if a team painted the path with bright pictures or graphics. The pictures must incorporate a wildlife theme, be educational or a game eg a hopscotch grid, a caterpillar with numbers in each section of the body or any type of animal, flower, tree etc.

 

   

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